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Crisis in Hong Kong.
Protesters clashed with police as an estimated one million people demonstrated against a proposed bill that would allow extradition to China. Hong Kong and China have maintained a tenuous relationship since the territory was returned to China by the British in 1997, and the semi-autonomous region maintains separate governing and economic systems from the mainland. The majority of its 7.4 million residents identify as Hongkongers rather than Chinese (read more). Under the bill, people accused of a crime by the Chinese government in Hong Kong would be sent to the mainland for trial. Opponents say the law would allow the central government to target pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, which has a rich history of demonstrations, while eroding civil liberties and ceding authority to Beijing. The ruling Communist Party in China endorses the legislation - debate on the bill begins Wednesday.
President Trump put his plan to impose tariffs on Mexican imports on hold Friday, after Mexican officials agreed to additional steps to reduce the flow of Central American immigrants to the US-Mexico border. The White House announced the tariffs - which would've applied a 5% tax on Mexican goods, beginning today - last week, over what it said was insufficient efforts by Mexico to address a surge in immigrants reaching the border. Under the deal, Mexico will send an estimated 6,000 national guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala and allow more migrants seeking asylum in the US to remain in Mexico while their cases are adjudicated. The US imported over $346B in goods from Mexico in 2018, and analysts estimate the 5% tariffs would cost approximately $17B per year in reduced trade, rising to $86B if the tariffs rise to 25% (the maximum under the plan).
For a broader view on immigration on the US, check out this new report from Pew Research.
The 73rd annual Tony Awards were held last night, honoring the best Broadway performances during the 2018-2019 season. Hadestown - which adapts the Greek myth of Orpheus traveling to the underworld to a Great Depression-era setting - was the big winner of the night, taking home 8 awards including Best Musical. It was followed by The Ferryman, set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, which took home 4 awards including Best Play (full list of winners). Actress and writer Elaine May, who has spent nearly six decades in the entertainment industry and received the National Medal of Arts in 2013, won her first major acting award at the age of 87 for her role in The Waverly Gallery. Actress Ali Stroker became the first person who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony for her role in Oklahoma! - watch Stroker's moving acceptance speech here.
> Indonesian volcano spews ash, officials warn of further eruptions; Mount Sinabung was dormant for four centuries before erupting 6 times between 2010 and 2014 (More)
> German foreign minister to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in bid to save 2015 nuclear deal; Iran will break from the deal on July 7th without new agreement (More)
> Tony Rodham, youngest brother of Hillary Clinton, dies at age 64; cause of death unspecified (More)
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Historybook: Benjamin Franklin conducts famous kite experiment (1752); Hattie McDaniel, first African-American to win an Oscar, born (1893); Hollywood legend Judy Garland born (1922); Italy invades France, declares war on France and the UK (1940); RIP musician Ray Charles (2004).
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